Transguide Operations Center keeps close eye on traffic conditions


EMPERATURES FALLING DOWN TO 19 FOR AN OVERNIGHT LOW BY EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. WHAT’S ICY OUT THERE NOW IS GOING TO REMAIN ICY UNTIL MID MORNING TOMORROW. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A CREW AT TRANSGUIDE RIGHT NOW. AND YOU KNOW, THE FOLKS IN TRANSGUIDE OPERATIONS CENTER AND KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE MAJOR ROADS ALL AROUND TOWN AND SENDING RESOURCES WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED. IN THE SAME BUILDING, THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT CENTER HAS DISPATCHERS WATCHING ALL OVER THE CITY STREETS SENDING CREWS WHERE THEY’RE NEEDED. KSAT’S JOSH SKURNIK LIVE ON THE DISPATCH FLOOR RIGHT NOW. JOSH, A LOT OF GROUND TO COVER, A BUSY MORNING. YOU’VE BEEN THERE WATCHING IT. TELL US WHAT’S GOING ON.>>ADAM, I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS FIGURE. THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO HAS 4,000 MILES OF ROADS TO LOOK AFTER. THAT’S A DISTANCE FROM THE ALAMO CITY ALL THE WAY TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. TO HELP THEM DO THAT, THEY HAVE 120 TRAFFIC CAMERAS, NINE OF THEM HERE FACED THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN WEATHER LIKE THIS. THEY HAVE WORKERS 24 HOURS A DAY WATCHING THE PICTURES LOOKING OUT FOR ACCIDENTS, ICY SPOTS SO THEY CAN GO AND SEND CITY WORKERS ACCORDINGLY TO TRY TO CLEAN THEM UP AND HELP TRAFFIC ON ITS WAY. NOW, UNLIKE TX-DOT WHICH USES A SALT WATER BRINE SOLUTION, THEY USE A SUBSTANCE CALLED CHAT ROCK. IT’S KIND OF LIKE A PEA-SIZED GRAVEL. WHAT THEY DO IS PUT IT ON TOP OF THE ICE AND IT PROVIDES TRACTION FOR ANYONE WALKING OR DRIVING OVER IT. A LOT OF ATTENTION HAS BEEN PAID TO THE MAJOR HIGHWAYS AND THROUGHWAYS THIS MORNING THAT TX-DOT IS TAKING CARE OF. AND THE CITY WANTS TO REMIND YOU THAT CITY ROADS, WELL, THEY’RE IMPORTANT TOO. TAKE A LISTEN.>>CITY STREETS LEAD TO THE HIGHWAY. YOU HAVE TO BE MINDFUL AS YOU’RE GETTING TO THE MAJOR ARTERIALS. WE HAVE OVERPASSES ACROSS THE HIGHWAYS THAT ARE PRONE TO ICING AS WELL. A TEAMWORK EFFORT WITH TX-DOT AS WELL AS SAPD MONITORING EVERYTHING.>>REPORTER: SAY YOU WALKOUT SIDE AND SEE THAT YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS ICED UP OR ALONG YOUR COMMUTE AS YOU’RE GETTING TO THE HIGHWAYS, YOU SEE THERE’S PLENTY OF ICE. WHAT DO YOU DO? CALL 311 SO THAT THE CITY CAN KNOW ABOUT IT AND SEND SOMEONE OUT THERE AS SOON AS THEY CAN IN

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